A month’s worth of holiday cheer

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Photo credit: Jian Bautista

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and a wonderful chance to participate in local events. Luckily, Anchorage has got you covered for all your holiday fun and shopping needs. Here are some great opportunities to get into the festive spirit.


“11th Annual Christmas Village”

What: Christmas Village, hosted by Anchorage Markets, is one of the biggest holiday shopping events in town. With over 125 vendors, the event is a great way to support small businesses while finding great gifts for everybody on your list.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center (600 W 8th Ave.)

Cost: Free admission

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“Winter Makers Market”

What: Shop locally this holiday season with Little Fish Workshop’s second annual event full of homemade gifts by Alaskan artists. Food trucks and free Black Cup Coffee will be available at the market as well.

When: Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Church of Love (3502 Spenard Road)

Cost: Free admission and free parking next door at Cook Inlet Housing Authority


“Solstice Tree Tour”

What: Tour the decorated trees along the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park by ski, snowshoes or foot. Hot chocolate, coffee and s’mores will be provided, as well as beer and wine for purchase in a beer garden.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 – 7 p.m.

Where: Kincaid Park

Cost: Free admission



What: Enjoy a variety of events at the Hillberg Ski Area, including a reindeer farm, snow machine rides, ice fishing, dog sledding, ornament decorating, face painting, gingerbread house building, photos with Santa and more.

When: Friday, Dec. 21, 12 – 8 p.m.

Where: Hillberg Ski Area (23400 41st St.)

Cost: Free admission while supplies last


“Winter Solstice Festival”

What: Ice skating, fat tire bike and sleigh rides, food trucks, a light parade, and burn barrels to bring light to the darkest day of the year. Festive gear, such as wearing light up clothing, is encouraged.

When: Friday, Dec. 21, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: Cuddy Family Midtown Park (201 E 40th Ave.)

Cost: Free admission


“Santa 2.5K Run”

What: Dress up as Santa and run one lap around Goose Lake with the AE Club at UAA.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Where: UAA Campus

Cost: $25, register at www.usatf.org under the Products/Services tab


“Holiday Sip & Shop”

What: Tequila 61 is hosting their Annual Holiday Sip & Shop for your any last minute holiday gifts you may need. Local vendors will have booths set up selling their goods.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 5 – 9 p.m.

Where: Tequila 61 (445 W 4th Ave.)

Cost: Free admission with food and drinks available for purchase


“Winter Wonderland Ball”

What: The Dancing Bears’ annual ball welcomes all dancers with live music and a no-host bar and snacks. This is a formal event, and clean dance shoes are required.

When: Saturday, Dec. 29, 8 – 11:30 p.m.

Where: 49th State Brewing Co. Theater (717 W 3rd Ave.)

Cost: $20-$25, tickets available at the door


“New Year’s Eve Celebration”

What: Local music, food trucks, face painting and kid-friendly games, a beer and wine garden and fireworks to welcome 2019.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: Anchorage Town Square (560 W 5th Ave.)

Cost: Free admission


“Northern Lights Resolution Run”

What: Ring in the new year with Skinny Raven Sports in the last Anchorage race of the 2018. A unique 5K course winding through woods trials and the APU Campus will feature five “music and light experiences” along the way. A beginning and end party for race participants will also take place in the Atwood Center.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Atwood Center (4455 University Drive)

Cost: $35-$50. Registration available at SkinnyRaven.com